March 8, 2013 / 1:53 PM / 4 years ago

Kenyan official says determined to end vote count Friday

Polling clerks record information on a pile of ballot boxes containing cast ballot papers at the Chandaria tallying centre in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa March 6, 2013.Joseph Okanga

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan authorities are determined to complete the count on Friday in a tightly fought presidential election between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, four days after voters cast ballots, a senior official on the election commission said.

James Oswago, chief executive of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, told a news conference at the vote tallying center that the election body was determined that "this process must end today".

Reporting by George Obulutsa; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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